Common Discernment and Decision Making in the Church

Year Published
  • 2022
  • English

The Synod on Synodality has been inaugurated in October 2021 by Pope Francis and will culminate with the celebration of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. This event represents a new stage in ecclesial life that invites us to generate processes of conversion and reform in order to build a Synodal Church for this third millennium.

Catholics across the globe are invited to take part in a Massive Open Online Course on the topic of “Common Discernment and Decision Making in the Church.”

The courses are hosted by Formacion Continua Online of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. They are sponsored by the Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia, as well as the Jesuits in Latin America and the organizations of Superiors General of male and female religious congregations.

The online courses are open to anyone interested, and begin in July with a three-week course that hopes to offer formation in “theology and practice of synodality” to over 100,000 people through a series of free online courses to support all the people of God —bishops, priests, religious men and women, lay men and women— who have been called to this process of ecclesial renewal.

All the courses are completely free of charge and will be offered online in several languagesSpanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian. In addition, speakers from all continents will participate in the courses, which will allow us to have a global and intercultural vision of the Church.

The first course will be held in July 2022. Over a period of three weeks, different topics on Common discernment and Decision making in the Church will be offered. We invite you to register and get involved in the challenge of imagining and building the Church of the third millennium.

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